Thursday August 4, 2016
A lot is happening in South Kilburn, and it’s not just building work. The work is as much, if not more, about the people and community of South Kilburn, as it is about the properties.
South Kilburn used to be a place with poor quality housing and where antisocial behaviour was common, the whole area is now starting to look and feel like a place that the Kilburn community can and will be proud of.
I am really pleased with the work that has been done. The South Kilburn estate which recently featured in The Guardian newspaper was praised for being among the best council housing in the UK and we have won awards at both London and National level.
We want to keep communities together while attracting new residents with the aim of making the communities living and working in South Kilburn more vibrant and even more diverse.
The development of 2,400 new homes along with new shops, a new primary school and new health facilities help us achieve the vibrancy and diversity that Brent is known for.
The opening of Marks and Spencer, at the beginning of the summer, has brought new jobs to the area, employing 18 local people and contributing towards the local area and the council.
All this work wouldn’t have been possible without the continued community involvement and feedback.
Our series of public consultations in July were really successful. Residents got the opportunity to meet the architects, the consultation team, learnt more about the review of the Masterplan and have their say.
I will update you on the outcomes from the public consultation later in the year.
Following a successful bid for nearly £2 million from a London Regeneration Fund, plans to create a new enterprise and community hub in South Kilburn were approved at Brent Council's Cabinet meeting in July.
The state-of-the-art hub will help to create new jobs; new start-up business opportunities; business support; and training. It will also provide a home for the 30 businesses currently operating from the South Kilburn Studios, which is due to be redeveloped as part of the masterplan.
The future continues to look bright for Kilburn and Brent with lots of exciting projects on the horizon that will help to improve ten lives and outcomes of all who live and work in our great Borough.
Although in saying this I’m also very conscious that we’re living in uncertain times.
The UK is going through a difficult and challenging period.
What I do know, however, is that having a long-term regeneration plan is important to improve resident’s prospects but also to make Brent a place where we celebrate everyone's contribution.
Cllr Muhammed Butt